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  • v QUILTINGQUE
    Thanks for your comments to my question. I was thinking the same thing, just needed confirmation.
    1380 days ago
  • v SPEEDYDOG
    Hey Buddy,

    Thanks for reading my "New Bike" blog. I am currently officiating high school football games. I don't have any time to run or ride in any races.

    I would like to give it a shot though.

    Bruce
    1390 days ago
  • v WRITINGBLUEHAWK
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Yes, the calorie cycling thing is a big experiment, so we'll see what happens. I'm not convinced it's going to work, but I'm keeping an open mind.
    1390 days ago
  • v SPEEDYDOG
    Thanks for dropping by my "bike bling" blog. What type of bike do you ride now? Do you like it?

    Buying a new bike is all about what you like, how you ride, and where you plan to ride. Before I bought my Camber, I tested several bikes from various manufactures. The first bike I tested was the Giant Yukon that I thought would be the perfect bike for me. The frame geometry specs were fantastic. The price was on sale for $875, which is phenomenal for a good full-suspension trail bike.

    When I rode the Yukon I was totally taken by surprise. The Yukon was a stable and comfortable bike. The riding position was upright. The Yukon was a nice and tidy bike.

    I tried to throw the bike around. I tried to link quick turns and bunny hop a curb. The Yukon responded smoothly, predictably and very slowly. The bike felt dead to me!

    The Yukon would be a great bike for a certain type of rider. The bike just wasn't good for me. My Camber is a fantastically responsive bike. But riding my Camber is like balancing a vertical pencil on the end of your finger. You have to pay attention all the time. I came off a 3 foot drop on my Camber at Buffalo Creek. I was really moving quickly and caught big air. When I landed, I had a minuscule turn in the handle bars. The bike jetted off the trail. I jammed on the brakes. I dug a trench in the soft sand. I stopped with my front wheel stuck in a monster willow bush. I wasn't hurt and the bike was fine.

    When in the zone, that Camber rewards the rider with crisp laser-like handling. I love the feel of the bike. A different rider, with even more skill than me, might find the Camber twitchy and unpredictable.

    I really wanted to buy a Camber Expert. But the Camber Expert model had sold out many months ago. So I bought the Camber Comp, which is an odd bike. The Camber Comp is a performance trail bike with quite a few recreational components.

    The Camber Comp is Specialized's entry-level full suspension bike - but is a mean little sucker. The Yukon is Giant's entry-level full suspension bike and is stable and predictable.

    I read a bike test of the 2013 Camber 29er, which replaces my Camber Comp 26er. The bike testers noted that the 2013 Camber 29 was a stable "bulldozer" of a bike. And that beginners would love it.

    There are different bikes for different riders. You just have to decide what you like in a bike.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1397 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/30/2012 10:23:09 AM
  • v SPEEDYDOG
    Thanks for your comment on my "Building a Better Bike". I am fortunate to be able to afford a few good bikes. I know that most people have other priorities. I have more money in my bikes than I do in my car.

    I am an engineer and cannot help myself. I gotta fiddle with things.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1399 days ago
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